Ephesians 1: Sealed by the Holy Spirit
Key Verse: Ephesians 1:13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.
Do you ever have doubts about your salvation? Do you ever wonder if you are really truly saved? Do you have thoughts that drift through your mind, wondering if God still loves you despite all your failures, mess-ups, and disobedience? We have all been there.
Thankfully, there is a wonderful promise in Ephesians 1:13-14 that says,”And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” Paul was such an amazing encourager. In his letter to the Ephesians, he intentionally pointed out the many blessings we have in Christ Jesus. As he was ending that list of blessings, he gave them this amazing blessing and truth to hold on to: That when they hear the truth and BELIEVE it, they are marked with a seal, the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit seals us in Christ. Picture a beautiful white robe wrapped around you and tied shut with a golden sash knotted in such a way as to be very difficult to remove. The robe is Jesus and His righteousness clothing you. The sash seals that robe on you so that you are guaranteed your inheritance in Christ. He still has a plan for us, despite all our missteps.
Are you struggling with feelings of guilt and unworthiness? Are you wondering if you are good enough to really be saved? I assure you, its not about you. Its about Jesus! His love, goodness and faithfulness completely cover us! Nothing can ever change that. Hold on to this truth and don’t stop believing! The Lord will never let you go. Never!
Slowly read and mediate on Ephesians chapter 1. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through these Scriptures. Does something stand out to you? If something does, pray the Scripture(s) back to God.
Spend time worshiping God for Who He is. Make it personal, love on God. Allow the Holy Spirit to energize your worship and prayer.
Thank God. Thank God for who He is, and contemplate all that He has done for you. Thank Him for His salvation and for the gift of his Holy Spirit. Thank Him specifically for the many blessings He has given you.
Repent from Sin. Ask God for forgiveness for the times you have fallen to temptations. Also, ask God for forgiveness for doubting your salvation. Be patient to wait on God. Also, be diligent about reading God’s Word to help you overcome sin.
Ask. Ask God to fill you anew with the Holy Spirit, who will empower you to live a life pleasing to Him. Ask Him to remove all your doubts and fears. Ask Him to reveal His truth to you! Also, ask him for those things that may be weighing on your heart. Bring Him all your cares and burdens and lay them at His feet. Boldly ask for those things you both want and need. Be sure you are asking with right motives.
Spend time listening for God to speak to you. Yes, God still speaks to us, but it takes time to learn to listen to Him. What has God impressed upon your heart? Make sure it never contradicts Scripture–that would not be from God.
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